Richard F. “Dick” Howell, 88

Richard F. “Dick” Howell, 88, of 1314 Sanlor Ave., West Milton, and formerly of 118 Concord St., St. Marys, died at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Veterans Medical Center in Dayton.

He was born on Sept. 7, 1925, in St. Marys, the son of Vernon and Opal (Vanover) Howell.

He married Avenell “Maxine” Coss on April 29, 1950, and she survives at a nursing center in Tipp City.

He is also survived by his two children, Randy (Rose) Howell of Chicago and Wanda (Steve) McAllister of Tipp City, by 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, by a son-in-law, Ron “Gig” Grieshop of Coldwater, a daughter-in-law, Susan Howell of Greenville and by his siblings, Ruby (Roger) Settlage of New Knoxville, Barbara Minnich of St. Marys and Angela (Larry) Thornsbury of St. Marys.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Robyn Howell Grieshop, a son, Richard Max Howell, a grandson, Ryan Howell and two sisters, Norma Sullivan and Wilma Wolfe.

Mr. Howell was a 1944 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had a long career as an over-the-road trucker for Beatrice Foods in New Bremen.

He was a lifelong member of VFW Post 9289, DAV, American Legion 323 and Eagles 767 in St. Marys. He had been a Boy Scout leader and was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church in St. Marys. He enjoyed his career very much, and later traveled with Maxine to many places around the globe. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor.

Funeral rites will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys, the Rev. Dr. David Williams, officiant.

Burial, with full military honors, will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of services on Saturday at the funeral home, where memorial donations may be given to the Cancer Association of Auglaize County.

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